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Anthologization Deborah Moggach
DM has published two volumes of short stories: Smile and Other Stories, 1987, and Changing Babies and Other Stories, 1995, which contains fifteen stories. Her short fiction has been anthologised in Back Rubs...
Anthologization Bryony Lavery
BL has written a number of plays for schoolchildren to perform. Two of these appeared in the BBC 's school radio series, Drama Workshop Plays, in 1984. Other unpublished children's plays by BL are...
Characters E. M. Delafield
EMD defiantly maintains a light, satirical tone despite the gravity of the situation. She focuses deliberately on amusing characters and situations: evacuees who return to London because they cannot tolerate country life; a bureaucrat at...
Cultural formation Cecily Mackworth
English with some past admixture of French on her mother's side, Welsh on her father's, she grew up with a strong cosmopolitan or internationalist streak, as well as a tendency to eccentricity or disregard of...
Cultural formation Marghanita Laski
Though ML grew up in the Jewish tradition, in a childhood faith which she later described with warmth but with some later distance, she became in time a self-professed and publicly-acknowledged atheist. Her journey from...
Dedications Noel Streatfeild
NS published in book form The Bell Family, illustrated by Shirley Hughes and dedicated to Josephine Plummer , who had produced her series of the same name on the BBC radio programme Children's Hour in 1949-51.
Streatfeild, Noel, and Shirley Hughes. The Bell Family. Collins, 1965.
Wilson, Barbara Ker. Noel Streatfeild. Bodley Head, 1961.
Huse, Nancy. Noel Streatfeild. Twayne, 1994.
Education Mary Gawthorpe
Apprenticeship included some part-time attendance at the Pupil-Teacher Centre in the LeedsSchool Board offices. There MG continued with largely the same subjects as at school, with the addition of French, educational theory, psychology, and...
Employer Elizabeth Jane Howard
In 1943 EJH got a steadier job than she had yet had, as continuity announcer with the BBC . In this job she read news bulletins, announced concerts, selected and played records. Later, while visiting...
Employer Antonia White
AW worked for the BBC . At the end of this time she was sacked on grounds of her visible disgust with its routine of death & stagnation.
Dunn, Jane. Antonia White: A Life. Jonathan Cape, 1998.
Dunn, Jane. Antonia White: A Life. Jonathan Cape, 1998.
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Who Was Who. A. and C. Black, 1897.
Employer Jo Shapcott
JS began teaching English at Rolle College in Exmouth (one of the three main campuses of the University of Plymouth , which, however, is due to be relocated in a movement towards centralization). She then...
Employer Una Marson
UM was featured alongside Mulk Raj Anand , William Empson , and T. S. Eliot on the BBC 's radio magazine programme Voice edited by Eric Blair (George Orwell) .
Jarrett-Macauley, Delia. The Life of Una Marson, 1905-65. Manchester University Press, 1998.
Employer Elspeth Huxley
In her capacity as a broadcaster, EH was a member of the BBC Advisory Council .
Nicholls, C. S. Elspeth Huxley. HarperCollins, 2002.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Employer Rose Macaulay
RM had a long-running career as a journalist: until part-way through the Second World War she combined a large output of novels with working as a critic and reviewer. She worked for Time and Tide...
Employer Elspeth Huxley
After her stint as assistant press officer at the Empire Marketing Board in London (from 1929 to June 1932), EH moved on into broader journalism. During the second world war, in addition to quantities of...
Employer Andrea Levy
During her early, drifting years AL worked designing woven textiles, but realised in about ten minutes that designing was not for her.
Levy, Andrea. “Back to my Own Country”. British Library Windrush Stories.
She worked as an assistant buyer for various shops, then worked in the...


21 November 1748
John Cleland published the first volume of his soft-porn novelFanny Hill.
14 November 1922
Daily wireless (radio) broadcasting began in Britain from the London station of the British Broadcasting Company (later the British Broadcasting Corporation ).
14 November 1922
Daily wireless (radio) broadcasting began in Britain from the London station of the British Broadcasting Company (later the British Broadcasting Corporation ).
5 December 1922
Children's Hour was first broadcast on the BBC .
24 December 1922
The first play written for radio, Phyllis Twigg 's The Truth About Father Christmas, was broadcast in the UK by the BBC .
13 February 1923
The BBC opened a radio station at Cardiff, Wales; it made its first broadcast in Welsh on 8 November.
2 May 1923
Under the supervision of Margaret Bondfield and the Women's Advisory Committee , the BBC 's radio programme Women's Hour began its two-year run.
11 July 1923
With a radio programme about film, the BBC began its first broadcasts of arts criticism.
28 September 1923
The BBC released the first issue of the Radio Times, a weekly publication providing information and programme listings.
31 December 1923
The chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast on the BBC to usher in the New Year.
31 January 1924
The BBC presented the first broadcast story, by A. J. Alan (pseudonym of Leslie H. Lambert ).
5 February 1924
The BBC began broadcasting the Greenwich time signal.
6 March 1924
The BBC presented the first broadcast poetry reading, by the poet John Drinkwater .
4 April 1924
The BBC began its national radio broadcasts to schools, with an item by Sir Walford Davies .
23 April 1924
The British Empire Exhibition opened at Wembley with a speech by King George V —his first broadcast speech on the BBC .